Bridgestone Corporation hosted a press conference at the New York International Auto Show at which the Nissan LEAF was named as 2011 World Car of the Year.
The Nissan LEAF fought off 38 other new vehicles from across the world. This was whittled down to a short list of ten and then the three finalists were the Nissan LEAF, the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series.
"It is a great joy that the world's first, mass-marketed electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, has won the prestigious award of 2011 World Car of the Year." said Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "This accolade recognizes Nissan LEAF, a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, as comparable in its driving performance, quietness and superb handling to gas-powered cars. And it validates Nissan's clear vision and the values of sustainable mobility that we want to offer to customers around the world."
The World Car Awards jurors observed that, "The LEAF is the gateway to a brave new electric world from Nissan. This 5-seater, 5-door hatchback is the world's first, purpose-built, mass-produced electric car. Dropped onto a unique platform and body, the LEAF's lithium-ion battery modules and electric motor generate 108hp and 206 lb ft of torque, propelling the hatch from zero to 60mph in 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 90mph. It has a range of over 100 miles on a full charge claims Nissan, takes around 8 hours to recharge using 220-240V power supply and produces zero tailpipe emissions. Its low center of gravity produced sharp turn-in with almost no body roll and no understeer. The good news? It feels just like a normal car, only quieter".
Cars must be available on sale on at least two continents during the period beginning 1st January 2010 and ending 30th May 2011 in order to be eligible for the World car Award
A jury panel of 66 top-level automotive journalists from 24 countries select and vote for the vehicles with each juror being appointed by the World Car Steering Committee based on expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work.Published 22 April 2011